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Seeing is Believing – Monte Oliveto Retreat

Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Laurence Freeman is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is the Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been a part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

We can look at something but still see only what we imagine is there. We can have an experience and miss the meaning. Loss, grief, disappointment take their toll in life but can also be transformed by seeing what is really there.

Date

Jun 24 2023 - Jul 01 2023

Location

Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore

We can look at something but still see only what we imagine is there. We can have an experience and miss the meaning. Loss, grief, disappointment take their toll in life but can also be transformed by seeing what is really there. Love’s vision can take us home in a flash after many years of being weary and footsore. True for each of us, it’s true for all of us. A personal crisis can force us to re-examine, to change, to be converted, so perhaps what the world is passing through can be seen as a dark night with a rebirth. How can we believe this, really live in joyful hope and make hope real even through the turbulence? By learning to see with the eye of the heart. Looking at how personal and global forces intertwine shows how meditation is not only a way of silence but of vision. 

The Monte Oliveto Retreat

Situated on a rise, among cypresses, overlooking the beautiful, natural landscape of the Sienese hills, the Abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore is the Mother House of Laurence Freeman’s monastic family. It is an exceptional monument to art as well as a centre of Benedictine spirituality. 

The WCCM international retreat has been held in this place of beauty and peace for 30 years and leads its participants into a deeper and more peaceful place from which to continue their life’s work and journey. 

The day is made up of times of meditation, yoga, teaching, worship, solitude and sharing. The surrounding countryside invites for afternoon walks and artistic creation. The spirit of silence during the day renews the spirit, while the evening meal is a time of relaxation and friendship with retreatants from different countries. 

REGISTRATION

The costs of the retreat are: 

€950 small single room (bathroom in corridor) 

€1300 large single room (private bathroom) 

€750 per person in a double room (private bathroom) 

Do not hesitate to contact us in case of financial difficulties. 

Return your registration form as soon as possible in order to secure your reservation. 

Please wait for a confirmation before sending your down payment. 

Full payment must be made by 1 April and deposit will be non refundable after this date. We will charge a cancellation fee of 50% of the total retreat price for places cancelled between 1 and 30 May After this date you will be liable for full retreat fee. It is important that participant have comprehensive travel insurance to cover this contingency. 

WHERE TO SEND YOUR PAYMENT

Bank Name: Barclays Bank 

Bank Address: 83 – 85 Notting Hill Gate, 

London W11 3JS 

Account Name: World Community for Christian Meditation 

Our Address: St. Marks, Myddelton Square, 

London EC1R 1XX 

Account number: 56162877 

Sort Code: 20-47-34 

IBAN: GB30 BUKB 2047 3456 1628 77 

SWIFTBIC: BUKBGB22 

WCCM Monte Oliveto
International Office
St Marks Myddelton Square
London
EC1R 1XX
Tel: +44 (+) 20 72782070
e-mail: monteoliveto@wccm.org

Arrival and Departure Dates

Arrival on Saturday 24th of June, no later than 17:00. 

Departure on Saturday 1st July after breakfast. 

For any late arrivals or if you plan to arrive before Saturday 24th June and/or leave after Saturday 1st July please contact Catherine Charrière at +41 78 830 3298 – catherine@wccm.org 

Travel

Participants should make their own arrangements for either getting to Pisa airport and meeting the bus, or travelling independently to Monte Oliveto to arrive before 17.00. The WCCM bus will depart from Pisa airport at 13:30 on Saturday 24th June and return on Saturday 1st July 2023, leaving Monte Oliveto at 9:30. 

€ 80 for bus Pisa/Monte Oliveto/Pisa (or € 40 for one way only, please state which way) 

There is a good train network; all timetable information is on the web: https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html 

The nearest train stations to Monte Oliveto Maggiore are Asciano-Monte Oliveto or Buonconvento. You will need a taxi from either of these towns to Monte Oliveto Maggiore. Information about taxis will be sent to participants with confirmation of their registration. 

Laurence Freeman

Leader

Laurence Freeman

Laurence Freeman is a monk of the Benedictine Congregation of Monte Oliveto. He is the Director of Bonnevaux and of The World Community for Christian Meditation.

Other Leaders

Giovanni Felicioni
Giovanni Felicioni

Giovanni (Bonnevaux Associate Director) has been a part of the WCCM since the beginning, being involved in its official foundation in 1991. He is an Oblate, a certified Advanced Rolfer™, a Rolf Movement™ practitioner and Yoga Teacher.

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